William M. Wherry

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
William M. Wherry
Born (1836-09-13)September 13, 1836
St. Louis, Missouri
Died November 3, 1918(1918-11-03) (aged 82)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Place of burial Bellefontaine Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1899
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Unit Missouri 3rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry
Commands held 2nd Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Spanish American War
Awards Medal of Honor

William Mackey Wherry (September 13, 1836 – November 3, 1918) was an American author, soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor,[1]


Wherry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He served on the frontier against the Indians and during the Spanish American War.[2] Wherry retired at the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army. Wherry is the author of "Lyon's Campaign in Missouri".[2]

While serving in the American Civil War, as a First Lieutenant of Company D, 3rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry and aide-de-camp to Nathaniel Lyon. Wherry received the Medal of Honor for actions at the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. Wherry's Medal of Honor was issued after the war on October 30, 1895 with the citation "Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire".[1]

After the Civil War, Wherry served as a Brevet Colonel while assigned to Headquarters First Military District in Richmond, Virginia.[3]

Wherry was promoted to Lt Col, Second United States Infantry on 29 December 1894. At the onset of the Spanish-American War he took command of the 2nd Infantry when regimental commander Col John C. Bates was promoted to brigadier general of an Independent Brigade consisting of the 3rd Infantry Regiment and 20th Infantry Regiment. He commanded the regiment until he was promoted to colonel of the 8th Infantry on 30 August 1898.

Wherry was appointed brigadier general of volunteers September 21, 1898 and discharged from the volunteers on November 30, 1898.[4] Wherry was appointed brigadier general in the Regular Army on January 7, 1899 and retired on January 18, 1899.[4]

Wherry died on November 3, 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Medal of Honor recipients: Civil War (M-Z) . United States Army Center of Military History. 2010-05-24. URL:http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Accessed: 2010-05-24. (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5pxlK2Ut3)
  2. ^ a b Herringshaw, T. W., Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, American Publishers Association, Chicago, Ill., 1914, p. 659
  3. ^ Report of the Secretary of War, U.S. War Dept., 1867, p. 268 - https://books.google.com/books?id=bS8aAAAAMAAJ&dq=Brigadier%20General%20William%20M.%20Wherry&lr&as_brr=1&pg=PA268&ci=133%2C727%2C842%2C212&source=bookclip
  4. ^ a b Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. pp. 563-564
  5. ^ Official Army Register of 1920, United States Adjutant-General's Office, Washington D.C., January 1, 1920, p. 1091